@JackDeGioia makes it into the Chronicle of Higher Ed, admins threatening to take him down

DeGioia tweets?

In love with the “John DeGioia” Twitter account? You’re not alone—the Chronicle of Higher Education is, too!

They just published a story on university presidents with twitter impressionists, based almost entirely on JackDeGioia, the brainchild of Georgetown Heckler Editor (and recent Vox guest poster!) Jack Stuef.

The Twitter account identified as belonging to Georgetown University’s president, John J. DeGioia, features frank admissions about the mundane details of running a modern academic institution. Last week, for instance, the microblogger wrote that his face was tired from all the “fake-smiling” during graduation events. The PR office can’t possibly approve, right?

Right. And neither does Mr. DeGioia. The Twitter account, which points to the president’s real home page, is produced by a prankster.

Usually we’d be psyched about the press, but the article reports something sinister, too:

Georgetown leaders have likewise asked Twitter to remove the fake account for Mr. DeGioia. “We think it violates their terms of service,” said Andy Pino, Georgetown’s director of media relations. “We think the author has not made it explicitly clear that he is not Mr. DeGioia.

Oh, c’mon Georgetown! Where will we get all our insights into DeGioia’s gustatory preferences if you take it down? Where will we get up-to-date information about new working groups? Clearly, this is only a violation of Twitter’s terms of service if they prohibit awesomeness.

5 Comments on “@JackDeGioia makes it into the Chronicle of Higher Ed, admins threatening to take him down

  1. The author hasn’t made it explicitly clear that he’s not JDG? Wait, do they mean to say that DeGioia actually has dreams about making love to the endowment, which turns into Todd Olson before a dragon eats him?

  2. Yeah, this certainly is not a violation of Twitter’s terms of service, unless DeGioia really does love sloppy joe’s. They allow fake profiles if they are obvious parodies, such as the one that lists my congresswoman’s district as being ‘crazyland.’

  3. Also, best part of the Chronicle article:

    “As Mr. Stuef paints him, Georgetown’s president is aloof and always jetting off to raise money for the institution. ‘He doesn’t really seem connected to what’s going on,’ the impersonator said of the real Mr. DeGioia. ‘He’s always really slow to realize when there’s a major controversy going on.’
    “… Mr. DeGioia is in Rome on university business this week and could not be reached for comment.”

  4. Yeah, ’cause some kid imitating him on twitter sure is a ‘major controversy’ that requires his full attention and should cause him to change his travel plans

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